My research focuses on questions at the interface of community ecology, digestive physiology, and life history evolution. I primarily study bees because they represent an excellent system for asking questions about the evolution of mutualistic relationships and the mechanisms that drive these interactions. My work leverages techniques from genetics, chemical ecology, and physiology, and integrates both laboratory and fieldwork components for a more comprehensive perspective of my study system.
Please click on the pictures below to learn more about my research in different areas.
Fly Taxonomy and Ecology
Neophyllomyza quadricornis, the most common species of Neophyllomyza in North America
Electric Fish Evolution
Gymnotus panamensis, one of the banded electric knifefish
Chemical Ecology of Diet Choice
Assorted pollen grains showing variable structures
Peponapis pruinosa nest cell with invading fungus
Digestive Physiology & Pharmacophagy
Peponapis pruinosa with visible gut filled with pollen grains.